The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union And Confederate Armies. Series 1, Volume 24, In Three Parts. Part 3, Correspondence, etc. Page: 4
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MISSISSIPPI, WEST TENNESSEE, ETC.
HEADQUARTERS FIFTEENTH ARMY CORPS,
January 21, 1863.
Lieut. Col. WALTER B. SCATES,
Assistant Adjutant- General:
SIR: In answer to Special Orders, No. 131, this moment received, I
have to report that within ten minutes after being with General Mc-
Clernand at Milliken's Bend, I had ordered all of Steele's cavalry to be
disembarked and the colonel to report to Colonel Stewart. I was surely
under the impression at the time that only Osterhaus' division of Mor-
gan's corps and Stuart's of mine were to come up to Turner's Point
this p. m. Steele's cavalry are still at Milliken's. I have none here
save some 30 or 40 of Thielemann's, whom I cannot call cavalry, rather
mounted orderlies. Still, if Colonel Stewart wants them, he can have
I expect to march with Stuart's division, without wagons, by the left
flank, follow the levee to the canal, the canal to the river below Vicks-
burg, and to reconnoiter very closely the ground between this and
Vicksburg. When here, en route for the Yazoo, I sent a brigade from
Young's to the railroad; distance 41 miles. Road nearly straight; first
mile cleared land, then a couple of low, swampy timber-land, in which
was a creek not exceeding 25 feet wide. Bridge torn up by the retreat-
ing pickets, but easily repaired. Railroad laid inland, which looked
like old fields or prairie; some few houses. Road crossed railroad, and
went on, doubtless to New Carthage. No wagon road along railroad.
I advised one of Morgan's brigades to move out on the road to railroad,
and hold the rest of his command in hand. I will reconnoiter the
ground hence to Vicksburg, and make an accurate map. Steele can
remain at Milliken's till sent for, and can then march down.
Yours, very respectfully,
W. T. SHERMAN.
P. S.-Captain [J. W.] Paddock, assistant adjutant-general to General
Steele, reported in person that all cavalry fit for duty had been ordered
ADAMSVILLE [TENN.], January 21, 1863.
SIn: I have been down on White Oak to see what Captain Kemp
was doing, and to order him up to Pittsburg Landing. As you ordered
me to Bolivar, I have taken 8 of General Bragg's men on the trip, and
I am informed by two reliable citizens that General Forrest, Colonel
[J. B.] Biffle, and another colonel (I can't recollect his name) are
camped 4 miles from Clifton, on what is called the Elliott Farm. I am
also informed that their intentions are to guard the river against our
crossing to re-enforce General Rosecrans. One man reports that they
were going to take this country as quick as General Grant got all
his forces in Mississippi.
W. K. M. BRECKENRIDGE,
Lieutenant- Colonel Sixth Tennessee Gavalry.
N. B.-On hearing the reports from Clifton, I thought it best not to
remove Captain Kemp from White Oak until I heard from you.
[ChAu. XXx VL
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